UK Faces Biggest Rail Strike in 30 Years

Around 40,000 rail workers would participate in a six-day rail strike, the biggest in the United Kingdom in 30 years, in hopes of industrial rail reforms.

Rail Delivery Group Chair Steve Montgomery said the strike starting Monday would affect millions of British commuters, including workers and students.

According to the Network Rail, only 50 percent of the UK’s rail network would operate from Monday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers (RMT) said the strike would push through despite the ongoing talks between the union, Network Rail, and the Train Operators.

“The Train Operators have now made an offer, and there is no further offer from Network Rail following the one which was rejected last Friday,” RMT said in a statement on Monday.

According to RMT, the government slashed £4 billion of funding from the National Rail and Transport for London. The budget cut caused rail companies to propose lower pay rates and job cuts.

RMT said it had no choice but to defend its members. The union also called on its members to support the strike to fight for their labor rights.

The Network Rail advised the commuters to check the special railway schedule during the strike period.

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